URBANA, Ill. — Lambda Legal last week filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman who requested hormone replacement therapy, LGBTQ Nation reports.
The lawsuit, filed April 15, alleges a violation of the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions that require clinics receiving federal funds treat trans patients the same as others, the article said.
According to the suit, Naya Taylor requested hormone replacement therapy as part of her medically necessary, transition-related health care to treat her gender dysphoria but was refused by her primary care physician, the article said.
Taylor asserts that her doctor first claimed she was not experienced in providing hormones to transgender people even though hormone therapy is regularly provided to non-transgender patients in a variety of settings every day. Later the clinic told Taylor that it “does not have to treat people like you.”
“When they said, ‘we don’t have to treat people like you,’ I felt like the smallest, most insignificant person in the world,” Taylor told LGBTQ Nation. “The doctor and office provide hormone replacement therapy for others at the same clinic, they just refused to do that for me.”